I'm a Bad Boy

| August 19, 2010

Editor:

Hank, baby -- I know that you know which pronouns follow a preposition. So I nearly fell on the floor upon reading "even for we city dwellers" in your column in today's paper.

To avoid talking country hick-style, many of our fellow citizens overcorrect and use the nominative case in all circumstances to avoid saying, for example, "him and me went to Orleans." So when the meaning is "for him and me," they over-correct by saying "for he and I." Doesn't that sound like fingernails on a blackboard?

I just didn't think you were one of those -- especially in print!

Kathryn Corbett, Eureka

Sweet Spot: Josh Kinch is in kinchtastic form this week, but we're going to spread the wealth a little bit and honor Kathryn Corbett's freelance copy editing. Confidential to Kathyrn, who wins a Bon Boniere sundae for sending our favorite letter of the week -- punctuation inside the quotation marks! This is the United States of America!

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The use of a subject in place of an object pronoun, or vice versa, doesn't bother me so much because at least that locution shows effort and has a fifty-fifty chance of being grammatical. It's the use of "myself" that has become such a trendy overcorrection over the past two decades that grates my ear. The correct, reflexive use (e.g., "I hurt myself") always flows out naturally and without thinking, but it's always wrong if one has to pause to think about it.

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 08/19/2010 at 8:41 AM

Use of the word "grammatical" in the above comment sucks...substitute with "grammatically correct" or just "correct"...or affirmative synonyms. A jumble of letters is grammatical.

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Posted by Grammar Nazi on 08/20/2010 at 11:49 AM

If you're going to go by "Grammar Nazi," you might want to at least show some interest in usage, if not grammar.

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 08/20/2010 at 12:01 PM

Hey man, you done went and dropped "locution" on us here readers...'spect it!

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Posted by Grammar Nazi on 08/20/2010 at 12:03 PM
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